PEORIA — A little red tape and a bit of extra expense has been cut in a bill sponsored by state Sen. Dave Koehler that was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Food service sanitation managers and instructors have to take state-approved training courses and pass an exam, after which they receive a certificate. All three steps will still occur under the legislation sponsored by Koehler, D-Peoria.
But the state will not send employees a separate, state-crafted certificate, nor will it collect a $35 fee for doing so under the measure, House Bill 3684. It passed the Legislature unanimously.
"This certificate was simply a well-intentioned safety precaution that created an unnecessary burden on small business owners and workers," Koehler said in a prepared statement. "We should take steps to reduce regulations without compromising consumer safety."